|Description:||Arguably the innovation that is having the greatest cultural, societal, economic, and political impact is the Internet. As a consequence, there are fewer fields in the humanities and the social sciences that have attracted as much attention as the effects of the Internet. One of the areas that is involved prominently in the Internet in many ways is language. Language is involved in the many communicative functions performed in and through the Internet, from medical counselling through advertising to scientific discourse and personal communication.
At the same time, the specific technical and pragmatic conditions of use have given rise to uses of language in a new mode that, while related to both written and spoken language, appears in many ways to represent a new language medium in its own right, in competition with the two other language media, and certainly with new communicative genres, such as different versions of email, chats, newsgroups, lists, MUDs, MOOs, guestbooks etc. These new genres are exploited by different societal uses in different ways, they have new floor rules, new rules of cooperation, and they involve new social roles, new networks, as well as psycho-social and emotional effects and perceptions of the communicative situation that are not identical to the ones observed with comparable written and spoken genres. These effects are managed, produced and manipulated by language, and, the other way round, the use of language reflects these perceptions.
As a consequence, there new uses and new use types, resulting in many facets of language change, and ultimately in structural change. A new branch of language use, if not structure, is evolving.
[email protected] will focus research the pivotal role of language under the new medial conditions of use and interacting with the various societal domains. Linguistic concerns, including sociolinguistic, discourse analytic, pragmatic perspectives will be at the center of interest, but it will have to include the conditions, functions and constraints of these societal domains, as they will be factors in shaping language and being themselves transformed in their practice in the process. In order for society to be able to exploit and implement these new uses, there has to be a body of scientific knowledge for these domains to draw upon in application and teaching. The purpose of this journal is not only to enhance our linguistic body of knowledge, but also to make available a repository of knowledge for application.
Hithertoo, such a body of knowledge focusing on language, to the extent it exists, was not available in a centralized form, but rather scattered over quite a range of publications, even in MA theses, impeding fast access to the state of research, a natural consequence of the fact that scientific interest in language use in the medium comes from very diverse perspectives and that the use of the Internet as grown-up means of communication met with less than full cultural confidence from more conservative quarters. It is the purpose of the journal to make available this body of research in an easy way that is congenial to the subject of research, the Internet, and that exploits all the advantages over traditional ways of publication, including time and cost involved in publication.
To ensure hightest standards, [email protected] works with a high-class specialised editorial board. Articles will be subjected to the same multiple blind peer reviewing process as with quality paper journals.